open topic, for anything cycling related.
CW/Adelaide Ave Southbound, Thursday afternoon last week. After a week of 38 degrees or so days and doing a couple of late shifts, I was dribbing home on Thursday evening. Now I'm not real quick anyway, and all the boy racers pass me every morning and every night, but I was probably even more cruisey this night. Anyway, Mr young subcontinent looking lad with the yellow shirt and long black tights on passes me just before the lights near the croquet club in canberra. Trouble is, our lights went red approximately 30 seconds before he got there, but he did a quick scan and took off through the red one anyway.
So i pulled up and waited my turn because i'm not one of "them". I did happen to notice that ever pedal left he swung his bike 45 degrees left and every pedal right was the same - so he was weaving significantly with every pedal stroke. So finally the lights changed and off i struggle up towards the parliament house tunnel. But as I was around near the Canberra Avenue exit I saw he hadn't actually really gotten too far away from me (I guess its road bike gearing vs Huffy or similar). anyway, so then the chase was on. Well, not really, but as i got to the downhill bit past the lodge i did start to gain on him. I crossed the killing zone at Hopetoun Circuit and was bearing down on him. he had just crossed the killing zone at the Kent street turn off and was still rocking his bike from side to side madly. But he was travelling right next to the left gutter which is at least a car width or so to the left of the killing zone. So I stayed straight in the green lane and thought beauty, here was the opportunity to pass and get away from him.
So I was approximately 4 foot on his right hand side and in the bike lane (just approaching the cotter road exit). Without so much as a turn of his head he decided to swing right and pull into the green lane so he could go straight over cotter road. in that last nanosecond before i thought i was toast he came in at me from 45 degrees left and i saw and heard loud music blaring from his earplugs. I roared LOOOOOOKOUT and he grabbed his brakes and by a bee's whisker i made it past him. i looked back and went "bloodyellareyoufriggingstupid" or something similar and just shook my head.
he was obviously off with the fairies or didn't think he needed to look. i honestly thought i was going down into the leftmost car lane. and it was seriously damn lucky that i didn't. I'll be more careful next time.
On the upside...you got a CCR scalp
The usual silly ped this morning - office worker with her absolutely-to-die-for coffee in hand looks the other way as she briskly steps off the pavement at a non-designated spot, through the Collins street bike path and crosses the road without even looking for cars coming her way, let along bikes (or trams for that matter). Luckily I knew she was going to be an idiot so no near miss, but I did ask her to look next time as I rode past (I've got it down to something manageable to shout ie. "Please look next time"). Although I don't think it got through.
There was also a blind man who stepped out onto the road in front of me at an intersection when the light had already turned green my way but I don't blame him for his mistake as it is probably very hard working out which ped light is making the 'go' sound if you're blind and using a cane. He then stopped in the middle of the lane in confusion (only one lane between the footpath and the centre tram stop). I went round him and the other pedestrians on the footpath herded him back to safety before the cars behind me could hit him.
And I saw a grandmother last week walking her toddler grandchild (he even had a leash!) across the road on the amber/red in Swanston St. The kid couldn't run, he could only waddle precariously whilst holding the woman's hand and here she is stepping out with him on an amber? Crazy. Not surprisingly the light turns green when she is only halfway across and she still proceeds to finish her crossing. Poor child.
I become more and more convinced that people should be forced to sit a common sense test before getting a bike.
Northborne Ave in Canberra is back to being a disaster this morning - plenty of bikes riding down the side of the road, and I felt good about my newfound consideration for cyclists.
Until one dear friend riding a kmart bmx bike, without a helmet, starts ducking around buses, into traffic - eventually he gets jack of having to dodge buses. So just sits in the middle lane, because the traffic apparently doesnt suck enough already.
So he goes down merrily on his way - without a helmet - for a couple of blocks. Until he needs to turn left (towards the Braddon Maccas for locals) - and just cuts off the left lane, as well as the left-turning slip lane.
I wouldve loved to have gotten out and given him a beating... but there was nowhere to park. Severe lack of consideration for other road users, for other cyclists, and most of all for himself. Idiot.
He must have been going slow to make a difference as the it is easy enough to keep pace with the sucky Northbourne Ave congestion in the morning.
He was ducking between cars, getting to the front of the queue, and then holding the lane up when the light went green. Absolute peanut.
You're 100% right of course - in peak hour traffic on Northbourne, the bike lane is faster than the traffic. Its a huge part of the reason that I bought a bike - because the powers that be considered it a brilliant idea to commence roadworks on the second of 3 major thoroughfares from the northern suburbs to the "inner southern" suburbs (anywhere north of Woden really), I've become really envious of those who are riding the 15-20kms to work and getting there quicker than I can drive.
Dumb cyclist = Me
Out riding with a friend on some country roads out the back of nowhere, he says to me, “Want to try my bike?” me riding a Giant Defy with Sora gears, him having a Lynsky with Ultegra Di2. Says to me “just don’t crash it” I get on and look down to see what is happening with the gears. And veer strait off the road on to the steep gravel shoulder. Thankfully I managed to get back up on the road without falling.
Always guaranteed to see some Darwin Award contenders on Northbourne of a morning... it's almost a sport
There are four phases of bicycle commuting; first there's fear, then rage, then self-righteousness and finally, fun.
"...Geez do all titanium bikes have steering problems like that? No wonder they aren't popular. You could have warned me, I could have hurt myself!"
Fixed that for you
I was going to buy a fast, stylish bike, but I looked in the mirror & thought "you're not fooling anyone, you know"
Had a nasty near miss on a group ride this morning. It's been a windy day and a massive gust hit me broadside, nearly resulting in me taking out the guy on my right and potentially everyone behind us. I immediately decided it wasn't my day for fast group riding and dropped to/off the back then went to work (really) early instead.
So on the commute home, with it still blustery, I wasn't happy to discover an uninvited drafter behind me as I was doing around 30kph on a PSP with various peds and cyclists around, and that wind coming from the front/left and causing a few headaches. I'm giving all a wide berth and notice the drafter when I do a head check to make sure nobody's passing me, however unlikely it might be in those conditions. I wave him off and call out "can you back off please" and continue. Shortly after I see he's still there, so I call out "can you either pass me or back off, I don't want you on my wheel". 200m later and he's STILL there, so I pull over and brake. He comes up besides me and asks me what my problem is? What?!
Buddy, I'm not here to give you a free ride and put myself in danger by being unable to safely slow down or do an emergency stop under these conditions!
Damn I hate uninvited drafters...and this one was the worst.
Pedestrian with headphones on wandering all over the road (a road, not a path). Road is one way with a high rock face on one side, and a moving van parked on the other side plus a footpath, so only about 2 meters of road space left. Pedestrian almost takes out cyclist in front of me by randomly suddenly angling towards the rock face (maybe he saw a nice rock). You'd think he'd then not walk in the middle of the road and pay a bit more attention. But then he goes left. And then right as I'm approaching.
...and he doesn't hear it from 2 feet behind him After a while something vaguely registers and he turns around to see what that faint noise is. Thing is his headphones weren't even the in-ear type. They were just turned up to the max.
The guys in the moving van jumped out of their skins though...
(I've never AZ'd a pedestrian before. On paths they have right of way and I've never had a problem on the road so far).
you're doing it wrong! you start out with the elbow flick, and if that doesn't get a response, you sit up and ask if they're going to work with you. if they still won't work, you ease off and start throwing in attacks to shake them off your wheel
I agree with Jules, my trick is to slow let them pass and then draft them. 9 times out of 10 whenever the road goes upwards they drop off.
2009 Cannondale CAAD9-5,
Single speed GT Avalanche 2.0
Jules - you are right again for the quick people. For the slugs like me its the snot rocket, the methane burst, and the zigzag (if safe).
Not fast, no style, but still get there.
Melrose Drive northbound this morning in the vicinity of the Lutheran Church at Woden. A almost change my shorts moment.
2 lanes of traffic and me in my bike lane. there were 2 indianey looking dudes standing on the grass ahead of me waiting to cross the road. i could hear the traffic noise behind me quieten as i assume most of the cars had past me already. I'm looking directly at these chaps doing about 30 kmph and suddenly one steps off the gutter right into the bike lane when i was approximately 15 feet in front of him.
"LOOOOKKKOOUTTTTT" I scream and grab my brakes. He casually realises his mistake and steps backwards up to the gutter. I was SOOOOO close to hitting him it wasn't funny and it could've done some serious damage to both of us.
pluck a duck.... gonna order me some cameras next week i reckon now.
I don't know if it was an AirZound or something else but a cyclist on the Yarra Trail near the Walmer Street bridge pressed their (what I thought was) an AZ very quickly (less than 0.5 of a second) behind me to give me a friendly warning that he was going to pass me (I was running at the time in the same direction as him and already knew he was coming). It didn't sound that loud but it was audible. Does it take time to warm up to full sound or was it some other type of horn? It was quite a friendly sound and he waved thanks as he went past. I usually keep to the left and move across even further left when I know they're coming but the talk on here about AZs and how loud they are made me think "That wasn't so bad".
With an AZ you wouldn't have thought that
Maybe he only had one of these:
Harbour esplanade about 1050 today, there's this touristy sort of group (can't remember the name ) trundling along like a bunch of stoned sheep on their fat tyred, suspended eBikes all over the pedestrian area with a perfectly good bike only path not 10 metres east of them, a bike only path that was near filled with peds taking refuge from this group.
Note, I don't really include the group itself in the dumb category but the uniformed sheep in the lead, well...
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
London Boy 29/12/2011
if you just bleep the trigger, you won't get full volume. takes a good press to get it at full volume.
saw a dumb cyclist tonight. he was stopped in the middle of a lane whilst crossing the road looking back at his 3 mates. not moving. car waiting was not impressed. all I could do was shake my head.
Rode past a street cleaner along Sandgate Road between Zillmere Road and Beams Road last night. Headed past Nundah this afternoonon Sandgate road....
Bike lane is clean though.
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